Rose Bowl, Hampshire

Holmes Miller was appointed in 2007 by Rose Bowl PLC as part of a multi-disciplinary design team to develop the existing facilities at the Rose Bowl for Hampshire Cricket.

The overall Masterplan includes a new four star hotel, 18 hole golf course and an increase in capacity from 20,000 to 25,000 through the introduction of two new stands. The Miller Partnership was commissioned to design the new West and East Gate Stands.

The proposal makes this the first ground to achieve the England and Wales Cricket Board’s TSF ‘model ground’ status and has been instrumental in securing Test match cricket at the Rose Bowl for the first time in 2011.

The existing Pavilion stand by Hopkins Architects is perceived an iconic building and of high design quality. Therefore any proposed buildings should respect this status. An integrated approach was advocated by the design team with a view to establishing a common framework for the stands and the hotel. The vision was to thread together the separate stadium elements; the existing pavilion stands, the new west and east stands, temporary seating and the hotel, integrating each of these varying elements, each with its own peculiar requirements in terms of form and function, in a complimentary form. This has been achieved by reinforcing the discipline of the bowl amphitheatre discreetly created. The structural form envisaged utilises a repetitive frame profile embracing column, floor beam and roof truss integrated as sickle.


Rose Bowl PLC


West End, Southampton, Hampshire, England.






• Best international venue in an independent survey of cricket fans commissioned by the English Cricket Board.
• Glasgow Institute of Architects, Annual Design Awards – Commendation 2010
• Structural Steel Design Awards 2011